Afghanistan v Canada, Intercontinental Cup, 2nd day, Sharjah

Sunil Dhaniram puts Canada in control

Cricinfo staff

February 21, 2010

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Afghanistan 110 for 3 (Noori 46*, Stanikzai 24) trail Canada 566 (Dhaniram 130, Bagai 93, Shenwari 4-118) by 456 runs

Canada consolidated their dominant position against Afghanistan by piling on 566, and nipping out three wickets before the close of play on the second day. Canada's was a combined batting effort, led by Sunil Dhaniram's 130, which included 17 fours and a six. His knock was backed up by important contributions; the last four wickets added 221 with each of the last four batsmen managing 20-plus scores. Ten batsmen in Canada's innings reached double-digits, and the extras furthered their tally by 34 runs.

Canada built on a strong performance on the first day by Ashish Bagai, who had helped steer his team to 350 for 6 and Dhaniram, together with the lower order, got them to a score greater than what they would have expected at the start of the second day.

For Afghanistan, legspinner Samiullah Shenwari grabbed 4 for 118, but the bowlers were handled quite comfortably as Canada reached a virtually invincible position. In reply, Shabir Noori held one end together with an unbeaten 46 but lost three partners, including captain Nowroz Mangal, as his side finished on 110 for 3 at stumps.

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